(7 Jun 2009) SHOTLIST
1. Wide pickup truck loaded with flowers and balloons for funeral of a child killed in nursery school fire
2. Wide family members grieving around the casket of two-year-old Maria Magdalena Millan, who died in the fire
3. Mid same
4. Wide relatives gathered at cemetery
5. Mid of balloon
6. Family members before burial
7. Family members carrying casket through cemetery
8. Mid casket being lowered into grave
9. Close relatives crying at gravesite
10. Wide same
11. Pull out from woman clutching photograph of deceased child to wide of funeral
12. Wide news conference
13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Raymundo Lopez, Secretary of Health for Sonora:
"It's a decision that the evaluating body that's here is making, between 29 doctors made up of specialists, paediatricians and anaesthesiologists. They are deciding which child goes where, and essentially it's based on what kind of injury the child has and because that place has the required specialist. Obviously the ideal would be to have them all in the same place."
14. Wide shop where coffins for children are being built
15. Tilt up worker building a small coffin
16. Wide rows of finished coffins laid out
17. Mid worker building a coffin
18. Mid worker drilling a screw into coffin
19. Wide same
Grieving parents began burying their children after a devastating day-care fire killed 38 infants and toddlers in a tragedy that has stunned the nation and prompted Mexico's president to promise a thorough investigation.
The family of two-year-old Maria Magdalena Millan dropped white roses onto her casket and attached a Dora the Explorer balloon to the cross marking her grave during one of the first funerals held Saturday.
"I love you and I don't want to leave you here!" her mother screamed at the funeral.
President Felipe Calderon arrived in the northwestern Mexican city late Saturday to console the injured. He wished children a speedy recovery and promised families full support for their needs from his health ministry and a thorough investigation into the cause of a tragedy that he said was felt by all Mexicans.
The death toll rose to 38 Saturday after three more children died in hospitals, according to Sonora state health secretary Raymundo Lopez Vucovich. Most of the victims had died of organ collapse caused by smoke inhalation, he said.
Delfina Ruelas, 60, said her grandchild German Leon died of his burns Saturday, three days after his fourth birthday and a day after the raging fire from an adjoining tire and car warehouse spread to the roof of the day care and sent flames raining down on the young children. Fire officials still don't know how it started.
Firefighters carried injured children through the front door -- the building's only working exit -- and through large holes that a civilian knocked into the walls before rescue crews arrived, according to a fire department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly about the fire.
The tragedy in Hermosillo, capital of the state of Sonora with a population of about 560-thousand again raised questions about building safety in Mexico. Officials cracked down on code violations last year following a deadly stampede at a nightclub that killed 12 and a disco fire nine years ago that killed 21. Both clubs were in Mexico City.
There were an estimated 142 children in the day care at the time of the fire, their ages ranging from six months to five years, and six staffers to look after them, Sonora state Governor Eduardo Bours has said.
The ratio is in keeping with legal standards, said Daniel Karam, the director of Mexico's Social Security Institute, which outsourced services to the privately run day care.
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